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Clients Want Results, Not Just a Diversity Pledge

One of the key ways many investors are directing change with their financial decisions is through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Over 80% of shareholders recently backed diversity proposals in five major companies from DuPont to First Solar Inc. Previously, investor’s DEI was centered around gender equity, but in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, many are pushing for racial equity at all levels in corporate America. 2021 saw a record number of DEI proposals being brought to boards, and additionally, record-high shareholder support for these same proposals. Many companies are being held accountable by new data detailing workforce diversity. Investors want more hard data detailing diversity statistics, but some big companies are resisting. Nike has blocked shareholder proposals to publish its annual diversity reports. The Covid-19 pandemic shook up the investing world in many ways and DEI is more popular now than ever as investors are seeking a corporate world that matches the diversity of the real one. 

 

 

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